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at "the washington post" to figure out who might be president. i started that process with bill clinton, turning it into a book, and so there was an assumption when i wrote about barack obama in 2008, an assumption by my friends and colleagues that i would just immediately launch into the boying of barack obama, and i haveƱhr to say it was onef the more disk decisions made in my career, and it had nothing to do with barack obama, but what i consider to be the increasingly toxic nature of superficial nature offed -- of modern american politics. i was not sure i wanted to spend three or four years trying to get the true story and throw that into the swath of this culture knowing that there would be people who could try to manipulate any fact and turn it for their political purposes, which, to some extent, is what happened early on until i refused to let it happen more. in any cation, on election night in 2008, i decided i had to do the book, and the story, itself, is what was drawing me into it in a way that transcended any of my concerns about the political culture. this book is really
debate, how striking was it that when mitt romney presto, from his response was, well, under bill clinton there was great economic prosperity are the holy observer, is all about bill clinton and how nifty the economy was under him. i've got to tell you, i would've given a link to see that romney turned to him and say, mr. president, i knew bill clinton. [laughter] our ideas work, their ideas don't. the last four years our economy has grown 1.5% a year. that is less than half the historical average. for 70 years has averaged 3.3% growth a year. and this president is fond of saying he inherited the worst economy in the history of the universe. and everything, by the way, is george w. bush's fault. he doesn't have much historical memory when he makes that argument. any of you all remember 1978, 1979? double-digit unemployment, 22% interest rates gas lines, stagflation in 1888 different president. ronald reagan inherited a struggling economy. and reagan implemented policies 180 degrees opposite those of obama. incentive jacking up taxes, he slashed taxes. instead of exploding spending on the
within a vote of being removed from office. and prior to bill clinton the only president to be impeached. these aren't all stories about guy that is did the wise thing or looking back from the point of 200 years later was the thing that was the best for the presidency -- best for the country. it was at that moment he stood up, risked his political future to do what he believed was right for the country is and certainly right for the presidency. >> you have this note in here mary todd lincoln wrote to a friend. it combines the drinking of andrew johnson and also the card that we read from john wilkes booth. >> that's right. >> do you remember when that was made public, that note? >> i don't. i don't. >> it doesn't say. but i wondered if -- >> no. i think it was -- >> at the time? >> yes, i think so. if not, it certainly was the case that this thought was out there, that he had been in a conspiracy. because the note from wilkes booth was certainly made public at the time. it was part of the investigation. and there was this feeling that this southerner had, you know, come in -- been taken
] >> bill clinton. let's do it. >> i will find bill clinton here. >> bill clinton, 42nd president of the united states whose popular appeal nearly provoked house republicans to impeach him for conduct in his personal life an impressive move that would have made a mockery of the u.s. u.s. constitution and was therefore quickly dismissed as a laughable waste of time. clinton the self-described new democrat and centrist use his ability to emphasize to voters across the political spectrum would have been the second president to face impeachment that leaders throughout his misheard act. they were also self-aware enough to realize their own marital infidelities would have tainted the arctic dubious legal proceedings with rank hypocrisy. these considerations as well as the public sheer propulsion of the lot of tying up two branches of government for months and diverting millions of taxpayer dollars to a trial the public would unmask as a politically motivated ploy the house would allow americans to assess personal myth discretions for themselves. this noble gesture of restraint continue
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